Eleazar Wheelock, letter, to Samson Occom, 1771 January 22


abstractWheelock expresses sorrow at Occom’s repeated and aggravated falls from virtue. He writes that if Occom and his brother-in-law David will go on a mission, Wheelock will give David as much as any schoolmaster sent by the Boston Commissioners.

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noteworthyContents are identical to those of 771122.1, which is a copy of this document.

My dear M.r Occom. 
Perhaps you little think what pain & Sorrow of  Heart I have had on hearing of your repeated & aggravated  fall, but I am comforted a little with the Hope that God has  given You Repentance, but I conclude, unleſs the manifeſtation  of your Repentance has been very public, clear, Strong & evident  to every body, your usefulneſs is near at an End where you are.  and it may be one deſign of God in leaving you thus to fall has  been to reprove your Staying at home, and in a Sort compell  you to go abroad among remote Tribes, or else quit your  Miniſtry, which I conclude you will never be eaſie in doing  while the Nations are lying in wickedneſs and periſhing for  lack of viſion. You may remember I early mentiond to  you, your going among the Onondagas, or some other Nation  there in that quarter, and Said Something about your taking  your Brother David & Settling your Families in that Country,  and I felt Some concern that you declind it as I thought  and have always feard yt you was not ſo usefully imployed  as you might be among remote tribes. M.r Woodward informs  me of your having underſtood me otherwiſe, which muſt certain  -ly have been through Some miſtake. — I also always beleived  your Brother David did wrong in leaving that Cauſe in the  wilderneſs where he was So acceptable, & had So wide a Door  opened to him for usefulneſs.   I now propose to You & him that if you will remove and  Settle in any of the Tribes where you may find the beſt  Proſpect of usefulneſs, I will allow him as much as any  of the Schoolmaſters have who are imployed among any of  the Tribes on the Sea Shore, by the Boſton Commiſsioners;  and will do for you what Shall be reaſonable, and will  provide a good Interpreter to go with you in the Spring.   
pleaſe to let me See you or hear from you as Soon as  poſsible.   It is an aſtoniſhing [gap: tear] of God's Grace & the outpouring  of his Spirit upon this Seminary, here you may See the begin-  -ing and budding of the [gap: tear][guess: New] Jeruſalem. the firſt appearance  of it was upon our getting into a Settled and quiet State  about a month ago. the affairs of this Seminary never lookd  with so joyful and incouraging an aſpect, before, as they now do  I hope in a little Time you will have opportunity to See ſcores  of your Tawney Brethren, nouriſhed by the Breaſts of this  Alma Mater. —   I cant tell yo What lo[gap: tear][guess: a]ds of Sorrow I have been bowed  down under, on acco.t of the falls & miſcarriages of So many  on whom I had dependance under God as Inſtruments to  help forward the great Deſign before me. God has been  my Helper or I Should have Sunk inddeed under the weight  — My dear friend, I have had, & born loads on your accot  I long to know whether God has truly opend your Eyes to  See the wound you have given the Bleſsed Redeemer? and  whether you have & do look upon him whom you have  peirced, & morn for what you have done as for an only  Son? and what Revenge you are exerciſing upon & towards your  Self in a way of Self denial and croſs bearing? my dear Friend  dont now add to the offence by Setting down diſcouraged and  Say there is no hope of your Future usefulneſs. no my Friend  reſolve on Revenge on your Luſts, & eſpecially your Pride, and  upon the father & Author of them. My Heart akes for you  enough to beſmear this Paper with my Hearts Blood if that were  a proper way to expreſs my Sorrow, and a way that would  do you any good — but I conclude with Love to you and  your wife. and am, for Chriſts Sake   
Your much wounded, & Afflicted   Friend & Servant  Eleazar Wheelock